Monthly Archives: September 2015


Have Your Cake and Eat the Cheese Too

Jermyn Street in London is famous for its resident shirtmakers and gentlemen’s clothiers. The street is also the location of my favourite cheese shop in the city – Paxton and Whitfield. The store has been trading since 1797 which makes it Britain’s oldest cheese shop! The store front exhibits exceptional character and, in addition to a large variety…


Tokyo: Albino Strawberries?

When I first saw these in Tokyo, I immediately referred to them as albino strawberries because of the whitish colour of the flesh. However, I soon learned that they were not, in fact, albino strawberries. These were prized “Hatsukoi no kaori” (Scent of First Love) strawberries. Notwithstanding the look of the strawberries, I’ve been told that…


Truffle Hunting in Umbria, Italy

Several years ago, we attended a wedding in the region of Umbria, Italy. Our good friends from London, Ellie and Charles, were married at a fresco adorned town hall in Castiglione del Lago and hosted their reception at Castellano Rosciano – a castle perched on a hill top overlooking Lake Trasimeno. In a related blog…